California Native Plant Society
San Gabriel Mountains Chapter

Events and news


Both members and visitors are welcome at our regular meetings, held at Eaton Canyon Nature Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month except July, August, November, and December. The meetings are preceded from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. by social time and informal plant identification.

No meetings in July and August: Summer break.

Thursday, September 28, 2017, 7:30 p.m.: Pot Luck Supper 6:30 p.m., Members' Slide Show and Art Work 7:30 p.m.: This year, in addition to our annual pot luck supper and members' slide show, we include other original art related to native plants. Bring your favorite dish to share at the pot luck. And please bring your own plate, cup, and utensils.

The slide show is an opportunity to show your favorite native-plant-related photographs. In conjunction with this, you are invited to present your original art work, such as drawings, painting, poetry, or prose, related to native plants.

To participate in the slide show, please select one to twelve photos that you would like to share. If you can, please identify the plants in each photograph with common names and/or botanical names, or the group can help identify them. And please tell us where you found them.

Submit digital image files, by Monday, September 25, to Katie Gallagher at Alternatively, especially if files are large (greater than 2 MB), you can send Katie a link to your preferred photo web site where she can download them, or you can upload the files using our web site’s upload page at

Files can be JPG or other image formats, preferably at full resolution. Or, if you prefer, you can create your own PowerPoint or OpenOffice slides and send them.

If you have original art works that you would like to share, please contact Katie to discuss how that might be arranged.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017, 7:30 p.m.: Native bees - our main pollinators, with Hartmut Wisch: This illustrated talk explores the great diversity of bees that have co-evolved with California's native flora. Approximately 1,600 species of bees are known to be native to California. Some bees are generalists pollinating a variety of flowers from different plant families; others are more specialized. This informative presentation featuring beautiful images of our native bees will cover all six recognized families of bees (Anthophila).

Hartmut Wisch discovered a love for macro photography and a fascination with the diversity of our insect fauna after working for 35 years as a naturalist-guide, taking European visitors through western North America. His special interest is in observing and identifying our native bees. He is a contributing editor at (Iowa State U. Entomology), and member of the Lorquin Entomological Society.

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Past programs of our chapter: See the Past Events page.

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Email notification: If you wish to be notified by email of upcoming field trips, please click here to subscribe to our email list.

Leaders: Each outing has one or more appointed leaders. It is not necessary to contact the leader beforehand in order to participate. All you need to do is turn up for the event.

Eaton Canyon Plant Walks

Plant walks are held on the second Sunday of each month except July and August.

Meet in front of Eaton Canyon Nature Center at 9:00 a.m. Then go on a leisurely walk, about 2 hours, through the native plant garden that surronds the Center and into the nearby wild areas. The walk is different each time — what's leafing out, flowering, in seed, etc., determines what your leade will talk about — and different leaders bring drifferent points of view.

Current plant walks:  

Sunday, June 11, 2017, 09:00

No walks July and August

Sunday, September 10, 2017, 09:00

Sunday, October 8, 2017, 09:00

Sunday, November 12, 2017, 09:00

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Field outings for 2017

We sponsor outings on occasional Saturdays throughout the year. The walking ranges from easy, typically on wide fire roads, to moderately strenuous, such as on forest trails. If a convenient place is available nearby, we love to picnic afterward. Weather is unpredictable; snow, rain, fire and ice cancel.

Important note: The chapter does not advertise all field trips in the newsletter. Instead we have two levels of field trip, those with dates known well ahead to places expected to be good regardless of the season; and spur-of-the-moment trips organized with 1 to 2 weeks of notice, based on seasonal conditions and notified via this web site, email, and Facebook. This gives us more flexibility in finding wildflowers in bloom or fall color at its peak.

Past outings/field trips of our chapter: See the Past Events page.

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Statewide and other CNPS chapter events

CNPS 2017 workshops: The CNPS Plant Science Training Program specializes in providing workshops for professional botanists, biologists, and ecologists to teach the skills and provide the tools and resources for conducting sound scientific surveys for rare plants, rare plant communities, vegetation, and wetlands. Discounted registration fees are offered to CNPS members.

Further information:
Schedule, description, registration: CNPS workshops and training web page

CNPS 2018 Conservation Conference: Every three years the CNPS Conservation Conference brings together California’s conservation community for the largest gathering of its kind. Scientific sessions cover a broad spectrum of topics, and special events provide time for collaboration, networking, and fun. The 2018 conference will be held in Los Angeles, at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott. The dates:
January 30-31, 2018: Workshops and field trips
February 1-3, 2018: The conference

Click here for the official conference web page.

As for previous CNPS Conservation Conferences, our CNPS San Gabriel Mountains chapter is offering financial incentives for those wishing to attend, especially students. See the next notice below here.

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Awards for attending 2018 CNPS conference: To encourage attendance at the 2018 CNPS Conservation Conference at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott, February 1-3, our chapter is offering awards to CNPS members of $375 for non-students and $200 for students. To be considered for one of these awards, send an email to with "CNPS conference in Los Angeles" as the subject line. State how your attendance will be beneficial to our chapter and how you plan to share the report you will write (general meeting or newsletter article). Students must describe their education (course work, and career choice). Your request should reach the committee by October 20, 2017.  Please provide your statement in the body of the email as attachments will not be opened.  Applicants will be notified by email by October 27, 2017.  For information about the conference see and the notice immediately above.

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Our chapter becomes involved in projects from time to time. Some recent projects include:

Lily Spring Area Survey: Click here for the Lily Spring Area Survey page.

The Paintbrush Quest: A survey of Castilleja gleasoni, our chapter logo. Click here for the Paintbrush Quest pages.

Millard Canyon Project — a fundraiser in support of Altadena Foothills Conservancy

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Next board meeting: See the Our Chapter page. Everyone is welcome.

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Our 2016 Plant Sale

Held in early November, the next sale is on November 5, 2016, at Eaton Canyon Nature Center. See the Plant sale page for details.

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Volunteer opportunity: Sunland Welcome Nature Garden: The Sunland Welcome Nature Garden, a volunteer native plant garden on Sunland Boulevard at the 210 freeway, is a showcase of local native plants. Stop in and smell the flowers, visit the garden's Facebook page, or contact the garden's instigator Roger Klemm at for more information or to join in the next workday.

Southern California Botanists: See their Field Trips and events page (click here.)

Natural Sciences Section of Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club, 2015 outings: For their current schedule, please see their web site (click here.)

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Click here for the past events page.

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